LEWISBURG — A 14-0 run over a five minute stretch, in the fourth quarter, enabled Tri-County North to pull away from rival Twin Valley South and claim a 59-48 win in a Cross County Conference boys high school basketball game on Friday, Dec. 13.
“It’s the Tri-County North, Twin Valley South rivalry,” North coach Joe Smith said. “It was very intense. I thought both teams played extremely hard. Their game plan obviously was to try to stop Dylan (Stinson). It kind of threw our guys off. They didn’t believe me obviously in practice this week. We kind of got our groove of working the ball and taking shots after couple of passes rather than one pass, shot.”
South’s defense was focused on taking away Stinson, a junior.
It worked for the most part as Stinson scored just seven points in the first half, but tallied 15 in the second half for a team-high 22 points.
South played the final 11 minutes without point guard Brayden Marker, who suffered an unspecified medical condition in the third quarter.
South also was without senior Cole Petersen for most of the fourth quarter due to an injury.
South coach Tony Augspurger was not available for comment after the game due to tending to his players.
Smith said despite South being without its two best players his team still has to stayed focused.
“That’s what this rivalry is about. It doesn’t matter what the records are. You always have a high intensity game,” he said. “No matter what those kids are going to play defense. They weren’t going to give us anything easy.”
South raced out to an 11-1 nearly five minutes into the game only to see claw its way back to within 13-11 after one.
North took the lead 15-13 a minute into the second quarter.
A 10-0 run by South gave it a 23-15 lead with 2:48 to play in the half. North closed the half on a 9-2 run to get within 27-26.
In the third, North used a 16-9 run to take a 42-38 lead with 2:57 to play and led 45-44 after three.
South took its last lead 46-45 with 6-15 to remaining.
From there, North went on a 14-0 run for a 59-46 lead before South scored with 30 seconds left.
Wyatt Royer scored 14 for North and Cooper Cole added 11, while Max Dolan tossed in eight.
“For me, it was a team win,” Smith said. “It was a great team effort.”
For South, Peterson scored a game-high 23 points, all in the fist three quarters. Marker had nine and Michael Crew chipped in with six.
South was scheduled to host National Trail on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and will host Miami East on Friday, Dec. 20.
North’s only game for the week will be at National Trail on Friday.
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